Centralized Protection Order Office
In a joint venture with the Nebraska Crime Commission and the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation, the Nebraska State Patrol Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program is the home to the new statewide Centralized Protection Order Office (CPO).
The mission of the CPO is to provide timely, quality information on Protection Orders records that is complete, accurate, and accessible electronically; to be used by law enforcement personnel when making routine contacts or conducting background checks for the purpose of enhancing victim safety.
The CPO is a resource for criminal justice agencies in the processing and entry of Protection Orders into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. In 2011, only 1,209 of the 8,522 protection orders issued statewide were entered into NCIC – 86% were not. The CPO seeks to remedy this issue by facilitating the entry of Protection Order into NCIC, which ensures nationwide access to information on restricted and protected parties by law enforcement agencies, including those conducting NICS background checks for firearms. The electronic availability of this information will not only give the protected parties, whom are often victims of horrendous domestic violence, added security in knowing that law enforcement will be able to identify and enforce the protection promised them by the court; but also provide law enforcement with enhanced safety by alerting them when in contact with an individual with a history of violence and/or threatening behaviors.
By utilizing the Nebraska Protection Order Portal – a newly created function in Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS) – Nebraska’s Protection Orders will be entered into the NCIC database with the simple click a few buttons. Information will be automatically populated from court records and other electronic sources, while still allowing for the addition of local intelligence information. Victims will be automatically contacted via text or email once an order is served and enforceable. Laborious manual processes will be eliminated and records will be streamlined and maintained in a nearly paperless manner, saving time and money.
Crime Analysts from CPO will be available to provide training and for technical assistance for the Protection Order Portal; as well as support in the research of parties subject to the Protection Order. The CPO will also provide maintenance of Nebraska’s Foreign Protection Order Registry.
Nebraska Centralized Protection Order Office
3800 NW 12th Street; Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68521